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Reviewed by Kris Rondon for Readers' Favorite
The Adventures of Camellia N.: The Rainforest by Debra L. Wideroe is the third in a series of environmentally-focused educational books for young readers between the ages 5-9. The story unfolds when Camellia N., after saying good night to her beloved grandmother, awakens deep in the jungle. She meets a talkative giant otter named Otto, along with a quirky cotton-top tamarin called QTipp, and Jacki, a jaguar who just happens to be vegan. The story continues as Camellia N. discovers that the rainforest is home to half of the species of plants and wildlife of our globe and learns about the critical role that rainforests play in our planet’s climate.
The Adventures of Camellia N. is a delightful children’s book which introduces the rainforest to kids in an easy to understand manner. The story is beautifully illustrated by Daniela Frongia in a style which makes the story comprehensible and relatable. The illustrations are enchanting. The Adventures of Camellia N. can be used by both parents and teachers to educate young minds about different environments and teach them about wildlife and natural resources on this planet in a really fun and entertaining way. A quote from Carl Sagan comes to mind when reading this eminently enjoyable children’s book: “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.” Debra L. Wideroe has used her imagination to transport the young reader with Camellia N. on a journey of adventure that is delightful.